Contracting with a CARF consultant by retainer for a specific period is another way that your organization can obtain a high return on investment. This type of retainer is not a deposit related to a specific project. Rather, the retainer is compensation paid for access to the consultant and his or her expertise for a pre-determined period of time. The fee is paid when the Consulting Agreement is signed and before services are provided. Discounts are applied for long-term contracts. (For example, a six-month Retainer Contract is less expensive than a three-month contract.)
In this type of relationship, no specific project is identified. You and other authorized staff have unlimited access to the CARF consultant for advice on any topic. This can be especially important in the months prior to an accreditation survey or re-survey.
Another way to cap your investment and obtain cost-effective results.
Access to the CARF consultant (e.g., hours available and authorized staff) will be outlined in the Consulting Agreement. Rapid responsiveness by the consultant to your inquiries is important. The consulting services via Retainer Contract can be accomplished on-site as well as off-site. (It is anticipated that the majority of the contact will be via phone calls and e-mail.) If discrete projects are identified during the course of the retainer period, options for completion of the new project will be discussed (e.g., identification of internal staff, referral to another external consultant, or a new Consulting Agreement with the CARF consultant).
The working agreement will be reviewed with you periodically throughout the Retainer Contract period. Several weeks before the end of the contract period, you will meet with the CARF consultant to review the effectiveness of the retainer contract and to discuss renewal for another period.
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